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BETTER SERVICE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS

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A new booklet for local government pensioners setting out clearly and precisely how they can appeal against decisio...
A new booklet for local government pensioners setting out clearly and precisely how they can appeal against decisions made by their employers or former employers under the Local Government Pension Scheme has been published by the department of the environment.

Each year the environment secretary considers over 300 appeals on pension decisions. The booklet will help pensioners understand how the system works.

The booklet gives a straightforward explanation of the appeal procedures and advises the member on what information should be provided at the outset.

This will help to speed up the appeals process as often delays occur because precise and relevant details are not provided at the outset.

In addition, the booklet, which has received a Citizen Charter Logo, gives general advice on the members' rights under the pension scheme and includes a standard form for their use.

Copies of the booklet will be made available to prospective appellants on request and copies have been sent to local authorities and other interests in England and Wales. A Welsh language version is also available.

Copies are available from the Local Government Pensions Unit, Appeals Branch, Department of the Environment, Room C17/18, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3EB (tel 0171 276 6576).

- Membership of the LGPS stands at over two million. LGPS members have a right of appeal to the environment secretary on certain pension decisions made by their employer or former employer.

Normally 300 appeals are made a year and most are cleared within nine months of all the necessary information being made available. All formal appeals must be thoroughly investigated.

The booklet has been introduced to ensure that an appeal can be processed with the minimum of delay.

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